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todays episode of The Grand Tour

December 16th, 2017 by admin

Jeremy races Capt Slow and Hamster from NYC to Niagara Falls… they have to take public transport, he takes the new Ford GT….

but then, he calls the airplane reservation people, and screws with them. Switches them from Business Class to Economy, and tells the airline to not let them drink alcohol on the flight.. that’s funny, in a mean kind of way

Also, Jeremy points out that the engine in a new AMG GT R has 577 hp, but the same engine in an E Class Mercedes Benz produces over 600 hp

the GT R sports a 4 liter twin-turbo V-8 with a revised intake, new forged aluminum pistons, and a higher compression ratio. The ­output is 577 Hp and 516 foot pounds

and Jeremy is indeed absollutely correct, I looked on the Mercedes Benz website, and the same engine is in the 2018 E 63 S Sedan Engine: Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturboPower 603 hp @ 5,750-6,500 rpm

Smart adaptation for a outlook post

December 16th, 2017 by admin

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Smart adaptation for a outlook post

Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

December 15th, 2017 by admin

His first car was an Edsel, bought a month after production ceased, and the dealership wanted it gone so bad they knocked a 1/3rd off the price. It lasted 12 years and 120,000 miles, and then life got in the way until he restored it, won trophies with it, and started collecting more Edsels.

He found and purchased 1960 Edsel Serial Number One – a four-door hardtop coincidentally painted the same Sahara Beige as his first four-door sedan. A lot of the his cars are low-mileage originals, including a black ’58 Citation four-door hardtop that has clocked just 22,000 miles, and a ’59 Corsair two-door hardtop – red, with cream-yellow inserts and a white roof – showing just 16,300 miles

In 1994, Jim’s 1960 Ranger sedan – the first Edsel he ever purchased, 34 years before – earned a Grand National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was the first Edsel ever to be so honored.

http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/newsroom/2017/12/-jim-popp_s-_shrine-of-the-holy-grille.html

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Shrine of the Holy Grill, an oasis of Edsels

Steve McQueen’s pickup truck loaded-up with his Bud Ekins’ desert-modified Triumph Bonneville desert racer. I bet the tailgate is lettered by Von Dutch, he worked for Ekins at one time, and did a lot of work for Steve McQueen

December 15th, 2017 by admin

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Steve McQueen’s pickup truck loaded-up with his Bud Ekins’ desert-modified Triumph Bonneville desert racer. I bet the tailgate is lettered by Von Dutch, he worked for Ekins at one time, and did a lot of work for Steve McQueen

coffee and donuts video of the morning, fixing up a 2CV ( I like to watch a nice quiet documentary about fixing a car)

December 14th, 2017 by admin

and it quickly sets me straight that it takes more than disassembly and reassembly with new parts to properly get one back to running right, and reliably.

This restoration was entrusted to the Atelier 2CV of Bareggio, the owner, Guido Wilhelm, has been in a 2CV since he was a boy and knows the model in every detail.

The starting point was not to modify a Citroën 2CV already in order, but to save a car that otherwise would have been scrapped: a 1982 2CV originally registered in the province of Turin.

http://www.autosupermarket.it/magazine/citroen-2cv-soleil
http://www.allaguida.it/articolo/citroen-2cv-soleil-un-sogno-lontano-vede-la-luce/110465/

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coffee and donuts video of the morning, fixing up a 2CV ( I like to watch a nice quiet documentary about fixing a car)

50 years after hitting a deer, and never fixing their Fury, a son was motivated to restore his parents car while they are still around to enjoy using it!

December 14th, 2017 by admin

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50 years after hitting a deer, and never fixing their Fury, a son was motivated to restore his parents car while they are still around to enjoy using it!

Maybe "drive around" is what the sign should say instead of "drive through"

December 14th, 2017 by admin

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Maybe "drive around" is what the sign should say instead of "drive through"

the recreation of the 1903 Packard Gray Wolf, built using original drawings from the Packard factory obtained in the 50’s by Dick Teague.

December 13th, 2017 by admin

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the recreation of the 1903 Packard Gray Wolf, built using original drawings from the Packard factory obtained in the 50’s by Dick Teague.

there is a covered wagon in Texas that has made the news papers a couple of times, the first time was in 1955, the second was more recent, when someone sent me a newspaper clipping, maybe in 2013

December 13th, 2017 by admin

www.heralddemocrat.com

May 16, 1955 The Eagle, Bryan, Texas

80 -Year Old Woman Wants To Repeat Wagon Venture

SHERMAN. Tex. — Her daughter paid a man 30 cents to teach her to harness a horse. The horse bit him. That’s why Ma Weaver paid the 30 cents. Then Ma and her two daughters were off by covered wagon for Denver, Colo. Today, 21 years later, that covered wagon is a permanent fixture in the side yard of her home at 322 N. Burdette St.

Mrs. Birdie Weaver, Ma to all who know her, has only one regret these days. She can’t find anyone to repeat the trip with her. She’s 80. “I’d buy a new wagon,” she dreams. The original has rotted to much for such a journey. “It’s the only way to travel. Automobiles is awful. Just perfectly awful. I wouldn’t go anywhere in a car.”

The trip started from here in October, 1934. Mother, Betty and Beatrice arrived in Denver six months later, spent a year and returned the same way. The younger women were in their 20s. Beatrice now is Mrs. R. D. Spangler. Why did they make the trip? “Just for the fun of it,” says Ma Weaver with finality. It was no typical prairie schooner which made the voyage. Instead of canvas, the covering was of sheet metal. Coops I underneath carried their chickens. Winnie the milk cow tagged along behind wearing special shoes designed by the Weavers.

If you have to ask "what the hell is that" then I’m happy to say, it’s a Argentinian Torino, and ain’t it cool that we still have cars to appreciate that we’ve never seen or heard of before? Not just another Chevy!

December 13th, 2017 by admin

The Torino is an Argentinian car that was born in 1966, as a licensed redesign of the AMC Rambler by Pininfarina, produced originally by IKA ( Argentinian Kaiser industries), a partner with the Renault company that would eventually buy them out.

Mario Suárez and his son Francisco are responsible for restoring the original #1 and #2 Torinos from the three built to challenge the Europeans on their home turf in one of the most grueling races in the world. 84 hours of the 1969 Nurburgring endurance racing Marathon de la Route.

the #3 Torino resides in the Fangio museum

Fangio oversaw the IKA-Renault Torino effort at the Nürburgring and his son was among the team of of Argentinian drivers assigned to the three cars.

Fangio traveled with the team to the ‘Ring to guide the cars around both the Nord and Südschleife, and though the team would complete the most laps with their #3 car (the other two, #1 and #2, retired early), an assortment of time penalties would see the Torino finish in fourth place officially.

At the end of 84 hours, only one of the three Torinos finished, and though it completed the most distance, it was penalized because of the high decibels of the exhaust, and so a Lancia Fulvia HF finished as the winner officially.

That race represented a remarkable milestone in the Argentinian motoring history, and it proved the country could build cars that could compete with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Ford, etc.

the #2 car, with the yellow nose, has an astonishing rebuild story:

Mario or his son decided to search in old magazines in order to find information about what really happened. In one from 1971 a driver called Juan Carlos Palma was said to have bought a Torino to compete in the TC series, and that the vehicle was the #2 car ran at the Nürburgring.

When searching for Palma they figured they could find his phone number by his mechanic that was also mentioned in the article. So, the number was got from him and then they called Palma.

With the license plate number that Palma had they went to the Registry to look for the report and